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December 5, 1991 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 53-year-old Pacific Beach man swallowed cyanide pills in court and died at a hospital Wednesday after a jury convicted him of drug charges that would have landed him behind bars for at least 25 years. Donald Shantos, who had turned down a plea bargain that called for only five years in prison, took the cyanide about 11 a.m., moments after a U.S. District Court jury convicted him of possessing methamphetamine and of conspiracy.
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August 23, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - Criminal charges will not be filed against an 88-year-old San Marcos man who sat beside his ailing wife as she committed suicide, the San Diego County district attorney's office announced Wednesday. After a thorough review, the office decided that it could not meet "the ethical and legal burden" of proving a charge of "assisted suicide" against Alan Purdy, according to a spokesman for Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis. "We do not discuss the reasons when we don't file criminal charges," spokesman Steve Walker said, "other than [to say that]
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November 18, 1992 | H. G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
FBI agents will assist local sheriff's homicide investigators to determine if five members of a Rancho Santa Fe family were killed by international terrorists, or if Ian Stuart Spiro killed his wife and three children and later committed suicide by swallowing cyanide. San Diego County sheriff's officials announced the FBI's involvement in a brief written statement.
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June 22, 2011 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from San Diego -- A distraught father killed his two teenage sons and set fire to the family home before killing himself, Chula Vista police said Tuesday. The dead were identified as Thomas Fuchs, 49, and his sons Sean, 15, and Kyle, 13. Police said notes left at the home indicated that Fuchs, a lawyer, committed the murder-suicide. He was reportedly upset about financial problems and a custody battle with his ex-wife, Maria Pe, also an attorney. Neighbors along the tree-lined street reported smoke coming from the home about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.
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October 14, 1990 | From The Associated Press
A 46-year-old inmate awaiting trial on charges of killing two emergency room workers during a hospital shooting rampage died due to asphyxiation by hanging, according to autopsy results released Saturday. Brad Powers Jr. died at UC San Diego Medical Center about 9:15 a.m. Friday. Deputy Coroner George Dickason said Saturday the coroner's office likely would pronounce the death a suicide.
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October 7, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
The wife of the only American soldier still listed as a prisoner of war in Southeast Asia has committed suicide. Dorothy Marian Shelton died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at her San Diego home late last week, according to the San Diego County coroner's office. The 57-year-old mother of five was a founder of the national movement to account for all servicemen officially listed as POWs or missing in action from the Vietnam era.
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May 11, 1997 | From Associated Press
A former follower of the Heaven's Gate cult who tried to imitate the mass suicide of 39 members was moved Saturday to an undisclosed facility after his condition improved. Charles Humphrey, 55, of Denver was moved from Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas to an undisclosed facility, hospital spokeswoman Sue Pondrom said in a statement. "Scripps will not give the name of the facility, its location or describe it in any way," Pondrom said, citing legal and privacy constraints.
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February 29, 2000 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 76-year-old retired Navy officer accused of murder in the "mercy killing" of his terminally ill wife has committed suicide, officials said Monday. Thomas May was found dead of an apparent drug overdose Saturday in a motel room in Santa Maria, north of Santa Barbara. May had been scheduled to stand trial in May in the death of his wife, Hazel, 69, in October.
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June 6, 1990 | AMY WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A small-town physician who was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday for a hearing on charges that he molested an 11-year-old boy committed suicide Monday night, closing the case just before the prosecutor was about to file new charges, authorities said. Dr. John Byron DeKock, 62, who had received widespread public support from patients and friends, was found in the garage of his San Diego Country Estates home in Ramona about 10:45 p.m.
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December 29, 1988 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, Times Staff Writer
Joselito Cinco, sentenced to die for killing two San Diego police officers, apparently took his own life by hanging himself with a sock in his San Quentin prison cell, officials said Wednesday. Corrections Lt. Cal White, a spokesman at the Northern California prison, said Cinco, 29, was found at 2:44 a.m. Monday. He had apparently hanged himself by rolling and stretching the sock, fastening it to the top of his 8-foot-high cell door, and then wrapping the other end around his neck, White said.
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June 2, 2011 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from San Diego -- Authorities are investigating an apparent murder-suicide that left two adults and two children dead. The case began early Wednesday morning when a California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer spotted a 2001 Hyundai blocking a lane of the 125 Freeway near Highway 54 in the Spring Valley area, authorities said. The body of a man was spotted in a ravine about 100 feet below, an apparent suicide. In an effort to contact the co-owner of the car, CHP officers went to a three-story townhome in Chula Vista, aided by local police.
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October 30, 2001 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leaving behind a scribbled note of rage and despair, a mentally ill teenager who admitted shooting five people at an El Cajon high school committed suicide in his jail cell Monday, officials said. Jason Anthony Hoffman, 18, hanged himself by looping strips of a bedsheet around the grillwork on an air vent, said Lt. Jerry Lewis of the San Diego Sheriff's Department. Hoffman was set to be sentenced next week to 27 years to life in prison for the March 22 rampage at Granite Hills High School.
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February 29, 2000 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 76-year-old retired Navy officer accused of murder in the "mercy killing" of his terminally ill wife has committed suicide, officials said Monday. Thomas May was found dead of an apparent drug overdose Saturday in a motel room in Santa Maria, north of Santa Barbara. May had been scheduled to stand trial in May in the death of his wife, Hazel, 69, in October.
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May 11, 1997 | From Associated Press
A former follower of the Heaven's Gate cult who tried to imitate the mass suicide of 39 members was moved Saturday to an undisclosed facility after his condition improved. Charles Humphrey, 55, of Denver was moved from Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas to an undisclosed facility, hospital spokeswoman Sue Pondrom said in a statement. "Scripps will not give the name of the facility, its location or describe it in any way," Pondrom said, citing legal and privacy constraints.
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November 18, 1992 | H. G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
FBI agents will assist local sheriff's homicide investigators to determine if five members of a Rancho Santa Fe family were killed by international terrorists, or if Ian Stuart Spiro killed his wife and three children and later committed suicide by swallowing cyanide. San Diego County sheriff's officials announced the FBI's involvement in a brief written statement.
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December 5, 1991 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 53-year-old Pacific Beach man swallowed cyanide pills in court and died at a hospital Wednesday after a jury convicted him of drug charges that would have landed him behind bars for at least 25 years. Donald Shantos, who had turned down a plea bargain that called for only five years in prison, took the cyanide about 11 a.m., moments after a U.S. District Court jury convicted him of possessing methamphetamine and of conspiracy.
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October 30, 2001 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leaving behind a scribbled note of rage and despair, a mentally ill teenager who admitted shooting five people at an El Cajon high school committed suicide in his jail cell Monday, officials said. Jason Anthony Hoffman, 18, hanged himself by looping strips of a bedsheet around the grillwork on an air vent, said Lt. Jerry Lewis of the San Diego Sheriff's Department. Hoffman was set to be sentenced next week to 27 years to life in prison for the March 22 rampage at Granite Hills High School.
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September 19, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An unemployed hospital worker who shot and killed a 24-year-old San Diego police officer Tuesday died after firing a single bullet into his head, the county medical examiner said. The death of Arnaldo Castillo, 34, was ruled a suicide after authorities determined that he shot himself with the same .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun he used to kill Ronald W. Davis, a two-year patrolman.
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